A case of BSE – so-called mad cow disease – has been confirmed at a farm in Aberdeenshire.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said a movement ban was now in place on the unnamed farm.
Investigations are under way to identify the origin of the disease – the first of its kind in Scotland in 10 years – which was found after an animal died.
The “isolated” case was identified before entering the human food chain.
There are understood to have been 16 cases in the UK since 2011 , with the last in 2015.
Probably not a good time to nibble on some “cervelle de veau”
Andrew McCornick, president of NFU Scotland, said: “It is disappointing to learn of this BSE case within the Aberdeenshire area.
“Whilst we lose our negligible risk status , it is not unexpected to see a new case and demonstrates the efficacy of the surveillance measures in place. This simply brings us back in line with the rest of Great Britain, reverting back to where we were 18 months ago.
“When Scotland applied for BSE negligible risk status it was with the full knowledge that there was every possibility of a sporadic case of BSE emerging as has been the case in France and Ireland.”
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